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Entry: 2019-03-05 23:08:18.49366+00 No, they fucking did not by Dan Lyke comments 0

My politics are wandering all over the place, though right now I think they're tending towards Guillotine Party, but this line from Brad Delong: A Clinton-era centrist Democrat explains why it’s time to give democratic socialists a chance:

“Barack Obama rolls into office with Mitt Romney’s health care policy, with John McCain’s climate policy, with Bill Clinton’s tax policy, and George H.W. Bush’s foreign policy,” DeLong notes. “And did George H.W. Bush, did Mitt Romney, did John McCain say a single good word about anything Barack Obama ever did over the course of eight solid years? No, they fucking did not.”

I believe history will remember Obama as something like a Reagan, though possibly with a little less illegal arms dealing.

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Entry: 2018-12-20 16:26:26.133131+00 Claas Relotius by Dan Lyke comments 0

Shadow forwarded along a couple of links about what seems to be the news of the day, and I 've added a few more: Der Spiegel journalist messed with the wrong small town:

There are so many lies here, that my friend Jake and I had to narrow them down to top 11 most absurd lies (we couldn’t do just 10) for the purpose of this article. We’ve been working on it since the article came out in spring of 2017, but had to set it aside to attend to our lives (raising a family, managing a nonprofit organization, etc.) before coming back to it this fall, and finally wrapped things up a few weeks ago, just in time to hear today that Relotius was fired when he was exposed for fabricating many of his articles.

Germany's Der Spiegel says star reporter Claas Relotius wrote fake stories 'on a grand scale':

Several major features Relotius wrote for Der Spiegel that were also nominated for or won journalism awards are now under scrutiny, according to the magazine.

When the news really is fake: German reporter admits fabricating coverage at leading news magazine:

But at a time when political parties are deeply polarized on both sides of the Atlantic, the Spiegel controversy could also bolster those who now regularly portray reporting as “fake news.” As a publication that often allows its reporters to include subjective observations in their stories, Spiegel’s anti-Trump cover pieces had been widely shared in liberal circles in recent years. The fact that Relotius was initially exposed because of a story from the United States was immediately used to discredit the magazine’s wider coverage.

Among them, "The Last Witness," about an American who allegedly travels to an execution as a witness, "Lion Children," about two Iraqi children who have been kidnapped and reeducated by the Islamic State, and "Number 440," a feature about alleged prisoners at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Writer touted by CNN as 'Journalist of the Year' forced to resign for fabricating stories

The Relotius case resembles past instances where journalists have been caught fabricating stories. Those accused previously have included Stephen Glass, who was fired from the New Republic magazine, Jayson Blair, fired from the New York Times, and Janet Cooke, a Washington Post reporter whose story about a child addicted to heroin won a Pulitzer Prize before it was revealed to be a fabrication.

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Entry: 2018-09-05 16:17:59.515702+00 Another police shooting by Dan Lyke comments 0

Off-duty CHP officer kills wife, shoots self outside Amador County store, authorities say:

Sheriff’s deputies received a call about 10:45 p.m. Monday from the owner of Get Ripped Nutrition, a vitamin and supplement store, who said a man he knew to be a CHP officer and later identified as Brad Wheat was banging on the door, demanding to be let in, authorities said. The owner of the business was inside the store with Mary Wheat, 42, the man’s wife.

[ related topics: Health Marriage Rocky Horror Picture Show ]



Entry: 2018-07-23 15:03:01.569841+00 Rockstar by Dan Lyke comments 0

Rockstar - The Computer Language

But why?

Mainly because if we make Rockstar a real (and completely pointless) programming language, then recruiters and hiring managers won't be able to talk about 'rockstar developers' any more.

Also 'cos it's kinda fun and any language based on the idea of compiling Meatloaf lyrics has to be worth a look, right?

Also we can make stickers. Who doesn't want a sticker on their laptop saying 'CERTIFIED ROCKSTAR DEVELOPER'?

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Entry: 2018-02-01 19:51:11.990508+00 2 decades of Flutterby by Dan Lyke comments 5

Some time in February of 1998 (for some reason I didn't log the day or time of the update then), I sent an email to a server that got piped into a script and made very first entry to the Flutterby weblog.

In mid 1997 I was working at Pixar, a Steve Jobs funded company, and Gil Amelio was ousted by the Apple board and Steve stepped in as the interim CEO. You could hear phones ring sequentially down the halls as journalists tried to find Pixar people would would comment, the soap opera potential was high, and this little web site run by Dave Winer called Scripting News had the best coverage of all the latest on this transition.

Dave's company, Frontier, sold this scripting package and some software written in the scripting package, and Scripting News was a site maintained by his software. There were a few other people using that software similarly, but I'd been looking for an excuse to sling Perl so wrote something called Newwwsboy to manage my own site.

Journals had been happening on the web for a while. I was an avid reader of "The Semi- Existence of Bryon". Even in the history of what eventually became known as "weblogs" we generally go back to like a month or two after the founding of the web itself, but somehow that late 1997 early 1998 group of people who started putting reverse chronologically ordered semi-personal links and commentary on the web became a bit of a movement.

It also became a really cool community. Brad Graham and others organized get-togethers. I remember getting together for drinks with the Pyra gang (who created Blogger). Dinners were a fantastic cross-section of people, it wasn't just computer people, it was librarians, theater people, people who's primary identity was "Mom", all pulled together by the feeling that we had this really cool medium to explore.

I think we generally credit Jorn Barger, proprietor of a weblog called "Robot Wisdom", for the term. I remember Cam Barrett (of CamWorld) and I tossing around names like "microportal" and such.

Sometime around 2000 blogging started to become a thing. Blogger went big. LiveJournal got a boost. Comment systems on blogs happened. The marketing folks realized that we were hogging all the cool Google search results and started exploiting the medium for sales, the New York dilettantes played in it and we got dreck like Julie & Julia (The Julia parts of the movie were okay).

And then, of course, the web became its current dross: Search results gamed by machines to remove any sense of personality, and often value. A huge morass of people trying to thrust advertising brochures at you.

My sister once asked me "does it ever bother you that you built all of the things Facebook did, years earlier, but didn't become Facebook"? And, yeah, it kind of does, but I wasn't trying to build Facebook. I had a higher vision for humanity, one that was more about the awesome people connections that we used to build with the network.

I miss those days, and am looking forward to the next place I can chase that dream.

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Entry: 2017-11-09 19:45:08.735339+00 Cortex on MeFi & Communities by Dan Lyke comments 0

Y'all know this, but I tossed this link up on Facebook and felt like I should copy it here:

I've been doing this social media thing for long enough that grad students call me up to interview me about my role in the history (and to try to get introductions to the people who were famous in it...). My "blog" (formed before Peter Merholz and/or Brad Graham coined the term) is coming up on 20 years of pretty continuous updating. We were talking about echo chambers and the dynamics of curation back in the '90s, and I was late to Metafilter because I hated the idea of centralized discussion. I wanted those conversations to happen on my web site and your web site. Anyway, as we seem to have ceded our human curation of the world over to the opaque and likely malicious algorithms of Facebook, Twitter and the like, this struck me as some worthwhile thoughts on building and nurturing (online) community...

Josh Millard - Keeping Web Communities Healthy in a Dark Timeline - DonutJS October 2017 YOUTUBE.COM

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Entry: 2016-10-20 14:30:11.094905+00 Anyone else hear Nasty Woman and by Dan Lyke comments 0

Anyone else hear "Nasty Woman" and think Janet Jackson with a gender switch? "Gimme a beat!"

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Entry: 2016-05-13 16:25:07.367442+00 I'm going to assume that y'all have by Dan Lyke comments 0

I'm going to assume that y'all have seen the Dr. Who Timewarp? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WBqHdI5Bdw&t=43

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Entry: 2016-04-14 02:12:18.148792+00 Those who erase history... by Dan Lyke comments 0

UC Davis at least $175,000 to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet, including removing the damning internal report that used to be at http://reynosoreport.ucdavis.edu/reynoso-report.pdf

If you need a reminder of how this wasn't a bad apple, but was mismanagement all the way up the fucking chain to the Chancellor's office, Brad Hicks' summary is still on the web and should get more Google Juice.

In fact, that should be the first hit for UC Davis or Police Lt. John Pike or Chancellor Katehi or Chief Spicuzza.

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Entry: 2015-04-25 21:40:05.153734+00 Also like these Janet McBeen wire by Dan Lyke comments 0

Also like these Janet McBeen wire sculptures at Riverfront Art Gallery

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Entry: 2015-04-22 16:10:43.716125+00 What does economic growth mean by Dan Lyke comments 0

Wall Street Journal: Is Government Debt Too Low? links to Brad DeLong: Things I Probably Will Have Time to Say: Rethinking Macro Policy III Conference, Washington D.C., April 15-16:

... isn’t the point of the market economy to make things that are valuable? And isn’t the debt of reserve-currency issuing sovereigns an extraordinarily valuable thing that is very cheap to make? So shouldn’t we be making more of it?

I got there via Larry Burton asking "Are you saying we can borrow ourselves into prosperity?" who observed that

This actually makes some perverse sense if one is a Keynesian. Money is really cheap right now and a government, unlike a family, has forever to work and pay off this debt so, sure, borrow more money, fix up the infrastructure and then pay off the debt with the inrush of taxes from the new, mo’ better economy.

I'm having trouble commenting on his site (Probably the broken vestiges of OpenID and stale cookies), so I'll comment here:

This makes perfect sense if we're investing in things that have a return. It's not clear to me that automobile infrastructure has that return. Education, social programs to break the cycle of poverty, those things have a return. If we spend wisely.

But the other nagging feeling I have... Essentially, economic growth is the portion of the economy that isn't devoted to food. At a Malthusian subsistence existence, all of our energies are devoted to food. At modern developed nations existence, enough calories per day to survive is low single-digit percent (farms are about 1%, add agriculture related industries were under 5%, we may spend more of our budgets, but much of that is because we fly fresh produce in from Chile in the winter or high markups for cartoon characters on our cereal grains).

Everything else is luxury spending. Even healthcare is essentially "how much longer do we want to live after our reproductive years are over". So do we get diminishing returns as food becomes less? When everything is luxury spending, what does economic growth mean?

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Entry: 2014-10-02 23:37:36.975536+00 Autonomous Vehicles by Dan Lyke comments 0

RT Brad obese Taft ‏@bradtaft:

On the @google campus on my bike this AM. Driverless car next to me slows down, driver intervenes and speeds back up.

RT Mike4StP ‏@mikesonn

@bradtaft lulz!!! Welcome to the future

RT Brad obese Taft ‏@bradtaft:

@mikesonn i was like wow, "the bike lane ends, and this driverless car recognized it" then it speeds up to pass me and, hand on the wheel

Mike4StP ‏@mikesonn:

.@bradtaft Drivers won't stand for a car that driver responsibility. Driverless is a joke if driver can override it.

Brad obese Taft :

@mikesonn just before a crash, driver throws hands up, moves feet. "it was in driverless mode, I don't know what happened"

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Entry: 2014-05-06 16:17:08.270113+00 Broken web site by Dan Lyke comments 0

RT Brad Frost ‏@brad_frost:

"A web app is a website that doesn't work when Javascript is disabled." @adactio #artifactconf"

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Entry: 2013-12-06 20:39:21.840219+00 by Dan Lyke comments 0

Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft: Protecting customer data from government snooping

If true, these efforts threaten to seriously undermine confidence in the security and privacy of online communications. Indeed, government snooping potentially now constitutes an “advanced persistent threat,” alongside sophisticated malware and cyber attacks.

Via ZDNet: Microsoft: US government is an 'advanced persistent threat'

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Entry: 2013-09-30 00:16:24.405418+00 Charlene "Wait by Dan Lyke comments 0

Charlene "Wait, how did we get Rocky Horror here?" Dan: "Everything leads to Rocky Horror."

[ related topics: Rocky Horror Picture Show ]



Entry: 2012-10-19 16:51:14.748384+00 Tomorrow by Dan Lyke comments 0

Tomorrow: Mole & Tamale contest-dinner http://petalumaartscenter.org/...ule-2012-ENGLISH-FINAL.indd_.pdf followed by Rocky Horror http://www.petaluma360.com/art...e=-Let-s-do-the-time-warp-again- Petaluma rocks!

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Entry: 2012-04-21 14:20:38.020027+00 The UC Davis pepper spraying incident by Dan Lyke comments 0

Carl Coryell-Martin tweeted "Vastly more readable summary of the UC Davis Pepper Spray Debacle: http://bradhicks.livejournal.com/459368.html original: http://reynosoreport.ucdavis.edu/reynoso-report.pdf (I've read both.)"

That Brad Hick link starts out:

You know how every time somebody in law enforcement does something that looks bad, we're told that we should "wait until the facts are in" before passing judgment? Well, after Lieutenant Pike of the UC Davis Police Department became an internet meme by using high-pressure pepper-spray on peaceful resisters, the campus hired an independent consulting firm to interview everybody they could find, review all the videos and other evidence, review the relevant policies and laws, and issue a final fact-finding report to the university. The university just released that report, along with their summary (PDF link), and the final report is even worse than the news accounts made it seem.

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Entry: 2012-01-23 17:39:07.276208+00 Legal issues of autonomous cars by Dan Lyke comments 0

Brad Templeton has some interesting notes from Santa Clara University Law Review conference on the legal issues of autonomous vehicles.

Also links to an MSNBC article on the conference.

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Entry: 2012-01-21 21:42:04.671994+00 City of Brotherly Love by Dan Lyke comments 3

With the news that porn performers in the City of Los Angeles will now be required to use condoms, Brad Guigar has a modest suggestion for moving porn production to Philadelphia.

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Entry: 2011-12-16 03:29:53.511367+00 Yes, we're serious by Dan Lyke comments 3

Scott Kurtz and Brad Guigar lay it out for the newspaper comics and syndicate industry. And offer to help.

Dear Cartoonists Studio: This is not a prize. Anyone can put their comic on a webpage and populate it with ads from Google Adsense. GoComics.com isn’t promising (nor can it deliver) traffic. That has to be generated by the artist anyway, so why add a middleman? Also there is no such thing as an electronic-book publishing contract. That’s like selling freshman elevator passes on the first day of the spring semester.

Dear Syndicates: You are making yourselves look more and more out of touch with every passing day. The USC Anneberg School for Commincation and Journalism just released a study that predicts newspapers are gone in five years. If you want to survive beyond that cataclysmic event, you gotta figure out this online stuff soon.

Some good notes on relevance of the newspaper industry in there as well.

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Entry: 2005-05-26 16:23:47.605786+00 Bookmark Now by Dan Lyke comments 0

This one's for Columbine: Brad reviews Bookmark Now: Writing In Unreaderly Times

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Entry: 2004-10-08 15:45:09.352033+00 Mock The Vote by Dan Lyke comments 2

If you see Kerry as a jump to the left, and Bush as step to the ri-i-i-ight, you might want to check out Mock The Vote (Flash and audio)

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Entry: 2004-08-13 16:03:24.278621+00 Obits by Dan Lyke comments 9

Rough week: Rick James, Fay Wray whom most of us probably wouldn't have heard of if not for the pool scene in Rocky Horror Picture Show[Wiki], and now Julia Child.

While the first two had long disappeared into history, Julia kept turning out new work with that same deadpan approach and a quirky hint of a smile that never quite made it clear if she was making fun of herself or not. In any case, in her later years when she worked mainly as a foil for other chefs she did an admirable job of asking the questions we'd want to ask, but would feel stupid for. She will be missed.

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Entry: 2002-05-02 16:36:17+00 Hedwig by Dan Lyke comments 1

Watched Hedwig and the Angry Inch last night. Maybe my expectations had been raised too high, but I was disappointed. It wavered between trying to consciously manufacture a Rocky Horror Picture Show experience, and being a transvestite rock (as opposed to pop) version of Moulin Rouge. Unfortunately the ending didn't tie back to the motivations of Hedwig that I cared about enough to make it a satisfying movie. Might be one to watch stoned with a good surround sound system, or as the live production, but didn't really work as a straight movie.

[ related topics: Sexual Culture Movies Theater & Plays Rocky Horror Picture Show ]



Entry: 2002-02-24 06:37:29+00 Which Rocky Horror character? by Dan Lyke comments 25

Via Borklog, Which Rocky Horror character are you? I'm Frank-n-Furter, of course.

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Entry: 1999-04-01 08:00:00+00 by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Rocky & Bullwinkle Horror Picture Show, a part of Melissa's Rocky Horror Page

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